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Old 01-19-2014, 05:20 PM   #3196
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We can ride to most of the places we go in the summer... And I can't ride, doctors orders! That sucks. What's your excuse?
dude, you can ride with those donut seats

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Old 01-19-2014, 05:25 PM   #3197
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Shit, thanks Charles, I'll go get one...

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Old 01-19-2014, 06:21 PM   #3198
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Well Jeff, this winter is dryer than ever, I think right now we could ride to the top of Sheman peak @ 9900' elevation. Who knows what normal is?
No kidding. Rode up to Hume today. Just a few scattered patches of snow/ice. Nothing even on the neighboring peaks. We're trying to make the best of it by enjoying a January ride, but it's hard when you know how bad the situation is. But I found a new road I want to explore, so that part is good.

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Old 01-19-2014, 09:42 PM   #3199
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:51 AM   #3200
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Well Jeff, this winter is dryer than ever, I think right now we could ride to the top of Sheman peak @ 9900' elevation. Who knows what normal is?
It's too bad really... the extra riding is nice... but the fires that may come of it are worrisome to say the least.
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:23 AM   #3201
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It's too bad really... the extra riding is nice... but the fires that may come of it are worrisome to say the least.
Jeff, so when do you sleep?
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Old 01-20-2014, 10:58 AM   #3202
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Jeff, so when do you sleep?
Ha Ha... I don't... wastes too much time.
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:47 AM   #3203
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:55 AM   #3204
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what snow?










what snow?
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Old 01-20-2014, 11:57 AM   #3205
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sorry, no pics of the green side

plenty of frozen ground (ouch) and icy trails. mostly dusty with a chance of wet dirt.

days are short and there's never enough gas, we shouldn't even be there now.
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:46 PM   #3206
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Thanks for the ride yesterday Jungle Man. It got kind of sketchy on that icy side hill. I thought I was a goner for sure. We rode some really great trails.

When I rolled up to the trucks and didn't see you guys I really thought the adventure might be just getting started. I was glad to see you and Johnathan pull up @4-5 minutes later.

Thanks again

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Old 01-20-2014, 08:05 PM   #3207
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Thanks for the ride yesterday Jungle Man. It got kind of sketchy on that icy side hill. I thought I was a goner for sure. We rode some really great trails.

When I rolled up to the trucks and didn't see you guys I really thought the adventure might be just getting started. I was glad to see you and Johnathan pull up @4-5 minutes later.

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Old 01-21-2014, 01:26 PM   #3208
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Holidays by the Old Oak Tree

Thanks Airon, Art, & Jim for sharing your photos!

Most of us headed to camp on Dec. 26th. I got a late start, and then had some drama on the way down;


Drama. Notice the tread is fine, next to that sidewall blowout.
Its really spooky to look in your right rearview mirror and see SMOKE coming from YOUR trailer!


First group to arrive after Christmas got the oak tree!

First day was a warm-up down the Canyon trail.





Noticed one of the side trails up the ridgeline was singletrack & not 2 track. Up we went to explore!







DAMN, I like riding in the Sequoia N.F.!


Art walked the next section to see what was ahead.

Rode back down to the canyon and continued west.



We didn't get to the River trail before Art's clutch was acting up. He changed his clutch lever, got it kinda working, and rode back to a highway access and camp on the pavement.



Airon & I rode back on the trail and took the higher return trail to camp. I needed to get firewood & stop at the grocery store, so we got cleaned up while Art added fluid to his empty clutch master cylinder.

The firewood guy in Bodfish has GREAT almond firewood for a pretty good price. Saw Jungle's favorite dive. It was a vodka-tonic+limes kinda Holiday for Art & I, as we enjoyed a nice fire with Airon & his HOT-COALS-under-your-chair trick.

Day 2 started up Jungle's Breakfast of Champions trail and a bunch of GE ST exploring.









We found the COOLEST trails in the area! And linked up a couple of (previous unknown to me) ways to Sawmill without getting on 155.

At Sawmill, we climbed Wagy ...



and stopped at that other oak tree.



Then we rode up Just Outstanding, with a detour down & up Mudhen in the middle. At the upper end, we headed north in search of Bullrun. Where snow-melt had run across the roads, it was now frozen.

At the trailhead, we could see ice & frozen snow as we headed down to the start of the ST. Going downhill on all this frozen stuff spooked a couple of us, because we knew we would have to ride back up this afterwards. We were just going to the meadow & come back.

We headed back to south side and rode the same great trails back down the hills to Sawmill again. Here is Airon's JO video;








Rode back to camp to find Jim had arrived. Another night of vodka-tonics & a warm fire!

Day 3 was also Jim's day 1. Since our day one got shortened, we all agreed to ride the canyon again, and add the lookout tower & river trails if possible.

When I started Ms.Beta that morning, she was making a NEW, random, muffled-metallic noise. Didn't sound dangerous, but was worrying. I walked around it to see where the noise was loudest. The clutch cover. As it got less random & louder, I killed the motor. Time to pull the clutch cover!


Why on EARTH am I smiling?!?

OOPS!!! Little broken plastic bits where they shouldn't be. Probably the oil-pump drive gears. Ms.Beta began a nice vacation from riding that morning.

Since the others had tracks of the trails & bail points for the day, they headed west while I closed up Ms.Beta. I went to town later for some lunch, wifi, and something else to read.

They rode the canyon trail, badger gap to the Oak Flat lookout, and then returned on the River trail to the next 178 access back to camp.

Here is Airon's video;
























A little DRAMA!


3 guys & tow straps makes it easy.



The 3 of them got back to 178 after the river trail and hauled-ass back to camp.


OOPS. More DRAMA on the way back to camp!


YIKES! Someone was running too short a chain for the MT43 + sprocket!

Then, after a round of BOOZE, someone locked their keys INSIDE their trailer!
We finally figured out how to get the window & screen open, but the opening looked TOO SMALL for any of us!
I told "someone" he need to go to the next camp and rent a 6yo with an adult escort, so he could get the 6yo thru the tiny window & open the door.
Well, "someone" decided to see if he could fit. After wiggling his shoulders thru, he needed some help to get the rest of him thru ...



I was laughing so hard I could hardly stand, hold my drink, and shove "someone" thru the window!


Almost IN! When he got to only showing hands & shoes in the window, I knew he was still a ways above the floor yet. He paused momentarily and then disappeared with a resounding THUD on the floor.


It was a MIRACLE I tell you!!!

That night Art drank the rest of his vodka, and started helping me with mine. I had 3 double V&Ts, but Art had 4.
Then Jim offered him some Spiced rum with hot apple cider. I do not know how many of those Art had, but it was too many.
He successfully stayed out of his car until after the heaving was over with though.

Airon packed up the next morning & headed for home. Art was feeling poorly, and was packing up to head home too. However, his ktm 525exc arrived in my trailer and would be here for 2 more days!

THANKS for the orange loaner ART!!!

Jim & I talked the night before and decided to ride up the Green Hill on day 4. Good trails to show Jim, and I got to learn a different, taller dirtbike on familiar trails.

Took the usual trails to the top and stopped for lunch at the ski lift;




Catfish on Orange?!?


Not much snow on top.

On the way back down, we explored another cool little GE singletrack and it was SWEET! Another fun day of riding! I was amazed how well I liked Art's KTM. I was pretty confident on it and ready for something new tomorrow.

We headed into town for more firewood, tonic water, and some big-ass chocolate-chip cookies. NICE fire & libations again that night!

Day 5 was to be our last riding day, and I was torn between the Piutes and trying Remington. Decided Remington first and see how much time would be left.





What a sweet, technical trail! Had me panting at times. Really had to become ONE with the endless rut in the steep sections.








One of our rewards for getting up Remington was a big-ass chocolate-chip cookie!


Got into the Piutes for a lake-view shot, and headed to camp.


It out lasted me! Gets the Catfish Seal of Approval(tm) for excellent V&Ts and not hurting me!

It was New Years Eve and we celebrated! Some of the neighbors had some minor fireworks.

Headed home on NY day. Stopped in Tracy for a last break and walked around to go into the trailer. There was a LOUD HISSSSsssss coming from a trailer tire. I found this;


Sheeesh, MORE drama on the way home, on the same axle of the trailer! Hmmm... The axle was loose this time. The trailer (& cargo) spent the night in Tracy, but was rescued with 2 new tires (& axle re-torqued) the next day.

Ms.Beta appears to have only eaten the plastic. All the metal seems fine. New plastic due in tomorrow.

Good night,

Catfish ...

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Old 01-21-2014, 07:53 PM   #3209
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Holidays by the Old Oak Tree

. SMOKE

We found the COOLEST trails in the area.......


More in a few,

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Old 01-22-2014, 10:22 AM   #3210
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Nice RR Catfish, sounds like you guys had great weather and riding conditions.

I rode Remington last Fall and being a completely ST newbie, didn't really know where that trail measured on the scale. To read it had you huffing and puffing in spots makes me feel better about my experience.

Planning to get up there more this summer and ride the stuff you, Perry and Jungle rave about, even picked up a MT43 so I'll fit in with the cool kids
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